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2009 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Bugay Vineyard
- Sonoma County
Community Tasting Notes 6
May 13, 2016 - I don't know what to make of this wine. Comments from people more experienced with the Arnot-Roberts cabs are welcome (including any folks at the winery if they read this). I don't know whether this wine needs another 5 years or is already declining?
Decanted 1 hour then poured back in bottle and consumed over the following 3 hours. Hugely promising nose out of the gate-I’d probably mistake it blind for a good quality modern-styled Bordeaux--but it was a little thin on the palate (although with good complexity). As the night continued the nose remained intense but the wine shut down/declined rapidly on the palate, eventually becoming disjointed with very high acid, almost no mid-palate and a clipped finish that was tannic and relatively flavorless. I've had many wines shut down in the glass--a reliable indication that they have good aging potential and simply need more time--but rarely have I had a wine shut down on the palate while the nose remained intense. More often than not in my experience this pattern suggests a wine is coming apart and won't improve. But I know Arnot-Roberts does things differently so just don't know what to make of this wine. Anyone have a more informed perspective? I'm trying to decide whether to buy it again.
Mike Dildine Likes this wine: (93 points)
August 17, 2015 - 13.7% abv. Dark ruby. Focused and concentrated claret aromas and favors. Excellent depth and length. A bit of a tannic edge tells me that this wine continues on the ascent. Very nice to drink right now, however!
Mike Dildine Likes this wine: (94 points)
October 25, 2014 - 13.7% abv. Medium dark ruby. Expressive and penetrating claret aromas. On the palate cassis, leather and a little minty spice. Flavored are intense, but show finesse and balance. Great depth, nice and long. Excellent now and will improve.
wgmccallum Likes this wine: (95 points)
August 7, 2012 - Dark garnet, almost opaque, long lasting legs, aroma of fresh cherries, freezer jam, with a hint of dusty pepper, pure fruit taste with an amazing smooth rich rolling feel, deep tannins containing the acid, very broad on the tongue with a tangy finish. Different aromas and flavors with each sip: heath, glue, pure delicious juice, espresso.
Ben Christiansen wrote:
July 26, 2012 - Bay leaf and a savoriness on the nose. Fruit too. Black and brambly fruit. Pronouced nose. Quick palate, just opened, short finish. Opening up. We shall see.
Pro Reviews 2
- Vintage 2009
- Type Red
- Producer Arnot-Roberts
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
- Designation n/a
- Vineyard Bugay Vineyard
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Sonoma County
- Appellation Sonoma County
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 117 (82%)
- Consumed 26 (18%)
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